Networking Education

Start With “Why”

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” So says Simon Sinek, in his impactful Ted talk, “Start With Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” This idea, which I’m about to unpack for you explains why some organizations and some leaders are able to inspire while others fall short. In every

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Business Growth

It was almost eight years ago that I walked through Elevate’s doors — at that time, Lucky 62. And I was looking for what I posit we all are when we first show up here… and what we continue to strive for. Growth. Business… in the form of clients… which would come from referrals. Which

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Resources and the Power of Others

I love getting on here and sharing some words with you on Wednesday mornings. But today, many of the words I share will not be my own. They’ll be from leaders like Lindsay Fox, who said, “Personal relationships are always the key to good business. You can buy networking; you can’t buy friendships.” And from

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The Power of Service

As you know, today is Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you think it’s a wonderful opportunity to express love — with a romantic or life partner, or even some friends. And perhaps you think it’s yet another made up opportunity by corporate entities to sell more cards, candy, chocolate, and gifts. And like many things in this

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Integrity is Integral

In 1992 Acura released the Integra. I remember because a few years later my younger sister was driving one. It’s a funny word, Integra. In fact it’s not a word at all — at least not a real word that can be found in the dictionary. It’s one of those names car companies make up

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Picture a 747, having just taken off from Los Angeles, on it’s way to New York City… If the pilot adjusts the heading just three and a half degrees South… even though the nose of the plane may only move a couple feet… instead of landing at LaGuardia or JFK, it will end up in

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We’re here to network. Because we’re here to create business. And both business and networking are all about relationship. So today let’s take a look at something in the bedrock of relationship building. An elusive trait, because once you realize you have it, it’s hard to hold onto… Humility. But we better define this first.

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Did you know that Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he, “lacked imagination and had no good ideas?” Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a television reporter at age 22, because she was, “unfit for TV.” Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school, not once… not twice… but three times. Michael

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It’s so great to see all of you. And to kick off what I know is going to be a banner year — for each of us, and for Elevate as a whole. I’m sure you’ll agree that it was a really nice break. And now we’re back and it’s time to get down to

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The Greatest Showman — How Are You Running YOUR Circus?

How many have seen the movie the Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman? I’ve seen it a few times — my kids used to be obsessed with it. And I’ve even enjoyed listening to (and singing) songs from its very moving soundtrack. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a dramatized tale of the real story

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